Anchor University’s deputy VC regains freedom after days in captivity.

The deputy vice chancellor of Anchor University and a professor of computational mathematics and numerical analysis, John Fatokun, was released on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 after days of captivity. Fatokun was abducted on January 18 by suspected Fulani herdsmen on his way to Nasarawa state from Jos.

The head of strategy and communications and assistant registrar of Anchor University, Okesola Sanusi, stated that the Fatokun regained his freedom after a series of prayers were made.

While addressing reporters, Fatokun said that his faith is still intact despite his ordeal in the hands of his kidnappers. He affirmed that he would not relent in his work for God and he would continue to raise men and women who would work in God’s direction. Likewise, these men would make Nigeria to be an enabling place for generations to come.

The release of Fatokun was announced on the Facebook page of the school. Anchor University is being run by Deeper Life Christian Ministry. Although there was a ransom of 20 million naira placed by the abductors, there was no announcement of whether any amount was paid or not.

From November 2019 – October 2020, there has been an increase in the number of Christians that were kidnapped in Nigeria. According to Open Doors, a Christian support organization, about 990 Christians were kidnapped within that period. In Open Doors World Watch List in 2021, Nigeria made it to the top 10 list of countries where Christians are finding it difficult to practice. The reason is not unconnected with the number of Christians who are facing a tough time in some parts of Northern Nigeria.

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